December 20, 2014

Heavy snow dumped up north

Most of the snow resulting from a late-season winter storm was on the ground by-morning, but with warmer temperatures in the forecast it likely won’t be around for long. The National Weather Service was predicting up to 18 inches of heavy wet snow in some locations in northwest Wisconsin.

Burnett County Sheriff Dean Reynolds said they had 15 inches in Siren as of Thursday morning. Not far to the south, Amery in Polk County had 4 inches, and New Richmond and Somerset in St. Croix County received just a trace. Other updated snow totals included 15 inches at Minong in Washburn County, 14 inches at Highbridge in Ashland County and 13 inches at Lac du Flambeau. The heavy, wet snow contributed to power outages from some 2,000 utility customers.

Partial clearing should create a big snow melt in the north Thursday, along with rain that’s in the forecast for Ashland and Rhinelander. Highs are projected to be in the 30s and 40s in the north, and in the 50s in southern Wisconsin under partly to mostly cloudy skies.